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Whole Wheat Buttermilk Biscuits

These whole wheat biscuits are light, fluffy, and just a little bit healthier than the Crisco and white flour-laden ones. Best of all, they only require 7 ingredients you likely have on hand and less than 10 minutes of hands-on work! Freezing instructions included.

Yield: 9 (3-inch) biscuits 1x
Prep: 15 minutesCook: 12 minutesTotal: 27 minutes


  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour*
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour*
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) cold salted butter, cubed
  • 1 cup cold buttermilk, plus more as needed

*You can replace all 2 cups of flour with white whole wheat flour (make sure it’s the “white” variety). They will turn out the same but will be 100% whole grain!

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Make It Now:

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. To a medium mixing bowl, add the flours, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt. Whisk until combined.
  3. Cut the cubed butter into the dry mix using a fork or pastry cutter until it’s broken down into pea-sized pieces. This will take a few minutes and some elbow grease. Stir in the buttermilk just until a dough forms. 
  4. Place the dough onto a floured surface. Form the dough into a ball, sprinkle with a little flour, and roll it out about 3/4-inch thick. Cut out biscuits using a 3-inch biscuit cutter or upside-down glass. Lay the biscuits on a sheet pan, making sure they don’t touch. Tip: Cover the sheet pan first with parchment paper for easy clean up.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until starting to turn golden on top.

Freeze For Later: Follow Steps 1-4. Dust the cut-out biscuits (that haven’t been baked) with a little more flour, place on a sheet pan and flash freeze for about 2 hours until frozen solid. Toss biscuits into a gallon-size freezer bag, seal, and freeze.

Prepare From Frozen: Place frozen biscuits on a parchment-lined sheet pan. Thaw completely on the counter or refrigerator and bake according to directions in Step 5.


Serve with our Strawberry Freezer Jam for a delicious combination. 

© Author: Rachel Tiemeyer
Cuisine: American Method: Oven